Martine McCutcheon feels like she’s been ‘hit on the head by a mallet’ due to flare-ups of fibromyalgia.
The former EastEnders actress was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, in 2011, and six years later, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Updating followers on the side effects and symptoms, Martine, 45, explained that she gets ‘migraines from hell’ due to her conditions.
Sharing a selfie from her car, she wrote on Instagram: ‘Sunshine! Hurrah! We are having a little drive as I’ve been having a flare up of the fibro and lyme today and I feel like I’ve been hit on the head by a mallet! I get migraines from hell!
‘I’ve managed to rest a bit and I wanted some fresh air & a little trip out – but the Sat Nav says one way & Waze says another! I never know which one to follow… Eyes down and concentrate! I bloody hate traffic! Sometimes Willy Waze isn’t as on the ball as I’d like… ?Anyone else find that? And as Sat Nav Steve… He’s on his own planet! ?Have a lovely evening everyone.’
Martine included hashtags like ‘#perkmyselfup’ and ‘#freshairtherapy’.
Fans wished Martine well and shared their own experiences of fibromyalgia in the comments, with one suggesting the actress use a gua sha facial massage tool.
Martine responded: ‘I use ice – it’s really effective, isn’t it? I have a cold shower everyday too and that’s not easy but it’s been a game changer along with my @pureiscbd [CBD food supplement].’
The Love Actually star added in a separate comment: ‘I get a bit dizzy and low blood pressure too but I’m learning over the years how to manage it.’
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress, while chronic fatigue syndrome causes a wide range of symptoms including extreme tiredness.
Meanwhile, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by bites from infected ticks, and has symptoms similar to CFS and fibromyalgia, including tiredness, aches and energy loss.
The actress uses different tactics to cope (Picture: S Meddle/ITV)
Prior to her diagnoses, Martine was baffled by her exhaustion which made it a struggle to work on set, and had to turn down major roles after she was brought to a worldwide stage in Love Actually.
She also suffered bouts of extreme depression and struggled with weight loss.
Martine’s illnesses meant that she was extra vigilant during lockdown, as she isolated with husband Jack and six-year-old son Rafferty.
She told Hello! magazine last year: ‘If you have any underlying illness you can’t take risks. As with any chronic condition you can have flare-ups. When I go outside I always have my mask and my gloves and take it very seriously.
‘I have been really good emotionally for a long time and I have felt a lot calmer. It has been good to realise it is okay to do things at your own pace.’Credit: Original article published here.